Democrats and their media allies were outraged when Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R) sent less than 50 illegal migrants to the ultra-wealthy “sanctuary” jurisdiction of Martha’s Vineyard in Massachusetts, who they asserted victimized and used those migrants as political pawns to make a partisan statement and create a “humanitarian crisis.”
However, despite assertions that the migrants were “traumatized” by what had occurred, some of the migrants have thanked DeSantis for what he did and a few even expressed their desire to return to the “beautiful” and incredibly rich island, Breitbart reported.
Migrants arrived and were removed within 48 hours
Recall that in spite of Democratic claims that they would welcome and care for and provide “sanctuary” to any and all illegal migrants, the 48 mostly Venezuelan migrants brought to Martha’s Vineyard last week were swiftly removed and relocated by National Guard troops following emergency activation to barracks at a military base on the mainland within less than 48 hours.
Myriad excuses were made by Democrats and the media about why the few dozen illegal migrants couldn’t stay on Martha’s Vineyard, including that there was a “housing crisis” and a dearth of beds and shelter for them, as well as a lack of resources to provide for their basic necessities or jobs for the migrants to provide such necessities for themselves.
Such claims are simply untrue, however, per a Fox News report that revealed an abundance of extra cash by way of budget surpluses and wealthy residents who pay astonishingly low tax rates, not to mention a plethora of unused extra beds and summer rental houses that sit empty for more than half of the year.
Activists and attorneys claim migrants were victimized and “traumatized” by DeSantis
Among the more ridiculous claims to emerge from the Martha’s Vineyard illegal migrant incident — and there is stiff competition in that regard — is the assertion from activists and attorneys that the migrants themselves were deeply “traumatized” by what had occurred.
CBS News reported that Mirian Albert, an attorney for a group known as Lawyers for Civil Rights, said the migrants were “very traumatized by the fact that they were in one location and transferred to Martha’s Vineyard and now they had to be relocated to this military base,” though she added that they were now in “better spirits” after being resettled in the military barracks.
Such claims of the migrants feeling “traumatized” doesn’t comport with other reports about how the migrants were feeling after being transported from Texas through Florida to the fabulous summer resort island of Martha’s Vineyard.
Some thank DeSantis, others want to return to the “beautiful” island
Indeed, in the immediate wake of their arrival, before the migrants were essentially deported off the exclusive island, a reporter for MSNBC revealed that despite activist claims of “human trafficking” and abuse by Gov. DeSantis, the migrants themselves “are not angry” at DeSantis and instead “are actually thanking him for having brought them to Martha’s Vineyard” in the first place and held no resentment against him.
Now comes a report from the National Catholic Reporter that, while harshly critical of Gov. DeSantis and other Republican governors who have transported illegal migrants to Democrat-run “sanctuary” jurisdictions, also seemed to suggest that the migrants themselves weren’t particularly concerned about what had occurred, and a few even wanted to return to the wealthy and “beautiful” island for good.
“Since Sept. 18, the migrants have been staying in temporary accommodations at Joint Base Cape Cod,” the report stated. Catholic Charities executive Susan Mazzarella “said a few of them said they plan to stay with family and friends in New York. Three said they wouldn’t mind returning to Martha’s Vineyard because of ‘how beautiful’ the island is.”
“But everybody else said, ‘We don’t have a preference of where we go. All we want to do is work, have a home, and live peacefully.’ That was the universal message with all of these migrants who came to us,” Mazzarella added. “They’re fleeing a country that is mired in poverty and want to have a better life for their family. It’s really powerful.”